12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

6
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Koyasan and Arima Onsen. Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Todai-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more), Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho) and Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in April, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Mt. Yoshino, Arima Onsen
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visit Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Visiting Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno Zoo will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Ueno, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojoji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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